archy r.i.p.

Summer approaches, and the cockroaches are emerging. This one found his way into the bathroom. I had turned on the shower, walked into the bedroom and taken my clothes off, and when I turned around I saw him sitting on the door frame, waving his antennae gently.

This presented a problem. I have learned that the thing to do with cockroaches is to squash them very, very quickly, as they are alert and speedy little buggers. However, being naked meant I wasn’t in a position to stomp him.

I evaluated the available squashing materials. I decided I quite liked the book I was currently reading, and I hadn’t finished with the newspaper yet. Finally I found a sales brochure from a vitamin supply company, and wrapped it around a book to give it some heft.

The next problem was persuading myself to go within an arm’s reach of the foul creature. I approached hesitantly. He moved sluggishly then stopped. Whack. There was a small spurt of yellow goo, but he remained on the door frame.

I fetched the bug sucker and vacuumed him up. He didn’t make any serious attempt to escape. My theory is that when I cleaned the bathroom, I disturbed the roach motel in the corner, and he crawled out half dead.

This is the first cockroach in about 6 months. I did find a dead one with his legs torn off on the back deck a week ago; I’m guessing he had emerged from slumber, but a lizard had attacked him him before he could make it into the house.

One thought on “archy r.i.p.

  1. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t squash them because they might be pregnant, and you end up distributing the eggs around the room.

    Pleasant dreams!

Comments are closed.